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Qatar opens up permanent residency for certain expats

Qatar on Wednesday approved a law to grant permanent residency to foreigners, but not without certain conditions. According to state-run Qatar News Agency, the permanent residency will be for a limited number of expatriates. Officials said Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani has issued a decree allowing a maximum of 100 expatriates to gain…

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Eid-ul-Azha celebrated in Saudi Arabia, Gulf countries, Europe

The festival of Eid-ul-Azha was celebrated in Saudi Arabia, Middle East, Gulf countries, Afghanistan and other countries on Tuesday (August 21, 2018). Eid-ul-Azha will be celebrated in Pakistan on August 22, 2018. In Saudi Arabia, large Eid congregations were held in Makkah and Madina where Eid prayers were offered in Masjid-e-Haram and Masjid-e-Nabawi. Eid is…

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War of Ports – Gwadar Vs Chabahar

By Jawad Akram Ongoing development of Chabahar port in Iran with collaboration of India in response to Pakistan’s Gwadar port is emerging as a proxy port of India for future. Gawadar Port, a strategic warm water deep sea port located on the Southwestern coast of Pakistan in the Baluchistan Province is the geographic center of gravity…

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Eid being celebrated in Saudi Arabia

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia and other Gulf countries are celebrating the festival of Eid-ul-Azha today on Friday (September 1, 2017, Zilhajj 10, 1438). In Saudi Arabia, large Eid congregations held in Makkah and Madina where Eid prayers were offered in Masjid-e-Haram and Masjid-e-Nabawi. Besides Saudi Arabia, Eid is also being celebrated in Turkey, Qatar, Egypt, Lebanon,…

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Erdogan to visit Qatar and Saudi amid Gulf crisis

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan will this month visit Qatar and Saudi Arabia, which are locked in a deep diplomatic crisis, his office announced Tuesday. Erdogan will also visit Kuwait, the main mediator in the Qatar crisis, during his July 23-24 tour. Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim said Ankara would continue to play a “constructive…

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Qatar slams ‘unrealistic’ demands by Arab rivals in Gulf crisis

DOHA: Qatar said Tuesday the demands of Arab rivals in a Gulf diplomatic crisis were impossible to meet, ahead of talks in Egypt between Saudi Arabia and allies that have cut ties with Doha.

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Arab states demand Qatar closes Jazeera, cuts back ties to Iran

RIYADH: Four Arab states boycotting Qatar over alleged support for terrorism have sent Doha a list of 13 demands including closing Al Jazeera television and reducing ties to their regional adversary Iran, an official of one of the four countries said. The demands aimed at ending the worst Gulf Arab crisis in years appear designed…

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Iran and China conduct naval drill in Gulf

BEIRUT: Iran and China began a joint naval exercise in the Gulf on Sunday, the Islamic Republic News Agency (IRNA) reported. The military drill comes at a time of heightened tension between the Iranian and U.S. military in the Gulf and is likely to be a cause of concern for Washington. In recent months, the…

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Saudi guards fire on Iranian boat, killing fisherman: report

Saudi border guards have opened fire on an Iranian fishing boat in the Gulf, killing a fisherman, Iran’s Tasnim news agency said on Saturday, amid high tension between the two rival states. “Two Iranian boats that were fishing in the waters of the Persian Gulf were pushed off their course by waves. There was shooting…

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Turkey FM in Saudi for Qatar talks

Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu arrived in Saudi Arabia on Friday for talks with King Salman, continuing efforts to resolve the Gulf’s biggest diplomatic crisis in years. A Turkish diplomatic source told AFP that the minister had landed in Jeddah. Riyadh, the UAE, Egypt and others severed diplomatic and economic ties with Qatar almost two…

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Erdogan slams ‘inhumane’ isolation of Qatar

Istanbul: Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Tuesday slammed the economic and political isolation of Qatar as inhumane and contrary to Islamic values after key Gulf states broke off ties with Ankara’s ally. “Taking action to isolate a country in all areas is inhumane and un-Islamic,” Erdogan said in televised comments to his party in…

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Gulf stability is best, China tells Iran

BEIJING: China’s foreign minister has told his Iranian counterpart that maintaining peace and stability in the Gulf is best for everyone, after several Arab states cut off ties with Qatar accusing it of supporting Islamist militants and Iran. Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Bahrain and Egypt severed relations with the small Gulf Arab…

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Turkey lawmakers back sending troops to Qatar base: officials

Turkey’s parliament on Wednesday approved deploying troops to a Turkish base in Qatar amid a widening crisis between Doha and its rivals in the Gulf.  The move is seen as a sign of Turkish support to Qatar after Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Egypt and Bahrain, among other states, cut diplomatic ties and major transport links…

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Erdogan speaks to leaders in Qatar-Gulf row

Istanbul: Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has spoken to key players in the dispute between Qatar and neighbouring Gulf Arab countries in efforts to find a solution, his spokesman said. Erdogan “has initiated diplomatic efforts to resolve this dispute between friends and brothers in line with the spirit of the holy month of Ramadan,” spokesman…

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Iran denies harassing US warships in Gulf, warns of clashes

TEHRAN: Iran denied on Saturday U.S. accusations that its fast-attack boats were “harassing” warships at the mouth of the Gulf, and said Washington would be responsible for any clashes in the key oil shipping route.

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Tax-free days ending for Saudis after oil slump

Tax-free living will soon be a thing of the past for Saudis after cabinet on Monday approved an IMF-backed value-added tax to be imposed across the Gulf following an oil slump. Residents of the energy-rich region had long enjoyed a tax-free and heavily subsidised existence but the collapse in crude prices since 2014 sparked cutbacks…

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New airline SalamAir takes off

MUSCAT: Omani budget carrier SalamAir launched operations on Monday, becoming the latest Gulf airline competing for the region’s low-cost travel market. The airline said it began operations with a domestic flight from the southwestern city of Salalah to the capital Muscat. In addition to the domestic market, SalamAir will fly to Dubai, as well as…

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Frustrated Western powers call for talks to end Syrian war

Western powers called Saturday for talks between the Syrian regime and the opposition in a bid to end a war that has cost more than 300,000 lives but desperation hung over a meeting in Paris. With Bashar al-Assad’s forces pursuing an onslaught on rebel-held areas of Aleppo assisted by Russian air power, the West’s powerlessness…

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Shamoon virus returns to Gulf

A version of Shamoon, the destructive computer virus that crippled tens of thousands of computers at Middle Eastern energy companies four years ago, was used in mid-November to attack computers in Saudi Arabia and elsewhere in the region, according to U.S. security firms. CrowdStrike, Palo Alto Networks Inc and Symantec Corp. warned of the new…

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Iranian vessel points weapon at U.S. helicopter: officials

WASHINGTON: A small Iranian Islamic Revolutionary Guard vessel pointed its weapon at a U.S. military helicopter in the Strait of Hormuz on Saturday, two U.S. defense officials told Reuters on Monday, an action they described as “unsafe and unprofessional.”

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Eid celebrated in Muslim world, USA, Europe

NEW YORK/LONDON/JAKARTA: Millions of Muslims Wednesday celebrated the festival of Eid, marked this year by a series of deadly attacks in many countries. Muslim minorities also celebrated Eid with large congregations in USA, UK, Canada and many European countries. Saudi Arab, Gulf, Middle East countries, Africa and Iran also celebrated Eid today whereas Indonesia, Malaysia,…

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